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The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion

By Rodney Stark

Celebrated spiritual and social historian Rodney Starktraces the intense upward thrust of Christianity via its so much pivotal andcontroversial moments to provide clean point of view at the background of the world’slargest faith. In The Triumph of Christianity, the writer of God’sBattalions and The upward push of Christianity gathers and refines decadesof robust examine and discovery into one focused, concise, and highlyreadable quantity that explores Christianity’s most important episodes. The uniqueformat of Triumph of Christianity permits Stark to prevent densechronologies and tough again tales, bringing readers correct to the guts ofChristian history’s most crucial controversies and enduring classes.

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In fact, condemnation didn't put off it. in truth, given the depth of marketplace call for, Christian versions of affection magic arose—albeit they have been forbidden—and even Christian clergy occasionally have been curious about their use. for instance, a clergyman in Modena confessed in 1585 that he had acceded to the request of an area noblewoman to baptize a bit of magnet therefore giving it the facility to draw her husband clear of promiscuous girls. 88 Revenge magic additionally was once condemned as unchristian in addition to delinquent, giving an uncontested marketplace to these laypersons prepared to deal in maleficia.

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